February 19, 2023 Subject:
The Life of Riley
We didn’t even have a black and white TV until 1956. I remember Jackie and Wm. Bendix. Both actors had a distinctive Brooklyn style. Even in San Francisco’s North Beach, where all us Italians lived, you could swear you were in Red Hook or Canarsie. I had numerous relatives in NY. When we got together; all the “Deez, Dems and Doze,” took over. It’s different now. All the paisan’, Irish and Jewish families moved out to suburbia. Now it’s unrecognizable.
February 24, 2011 Subject:
i guess william bendix remade this in "the operation" and did a much better job if you ask me.
June 30, 2009 Subject:
Life Of Riley
Love the life of riley. I prefer the william bendix version,but at 31 years old it makes me wish it grew up in the 40s, and 50s
August 13, 2008 Subject:
Facinating to see this rare old program. Worth watching.
May 16, 2008 Subject:
Jackie Gleason originally starred in this Dumont Television Network series - which had been adapted from the radio series. William Bendix would later star (as he did during the radio series run on ABC's Blue Network). I have always enjoyed this show - thanks for the upload.
March 1, 2008 Subject:
I had known Jackie Gleason had once starred in a version of "The Life of Riley", but I hadn't seen the series until now. It's no "Honeymooners", But it's pleasant, and a good example of what early sitcoms were like.
Plot: Riley has to have his Tonsils out, But becomes hilariously scared.
Not the best show of the period, But certainly not the worst.